With everything in place, Jim should by now have reached his goal of breaking into the 9s, right? Almost. Now in the low 10s, Jim is, in his words, "so close it's almost sickening!" At the end of the '05 racing season, he installed a new adjustable McLeod Soft Lok clutch assembly and some 1.8 rockers that will bump his lift to 0.774. "I'm sure this is going to be the ticket to a deep-9-second e.t.," Jim tells us. "The mph indicates I have the power to be in the 9.6-to-9.8 range . . . I just have to hook it up smoother. A clutch that slips a little and is adjustable is the key to making it all work."

Looking over Jim's car, one immediately notes the lack of NHRA-mandated safety equipment. Asked about the apparent oversight, Jim just smiles and says, "I am limited to which tracks let me run because I lack a full rollcage. I really hate to cut up the car to install one because it really is a street cruiser most of the time." And that's exactly what it is: just a little pump-gas cruiser-an "almost 9-second" one at that.

Special thanks to wife Karen and daughter Leyla for their support over the years; to Pat Topolinski, Casey Snider, and Judson Massengill at the School of Automotive Machinists (Houston); and, most importantly, to Jim's father who was always willing to push the car's limits at 140 mph.

SPEC SHEET
CAR: '67 CORVETTE
OWNER: JIM MOORE
BLOCK: MERLIN
DISPLACEMENT: 540 CUBIC INCHES
COMPRESSION RATIO: 11.06:1
HEADS: PORTED BRODIX 2XTRA
VALVES: 2.30/1.88, STAINLESS STEEL
CAMSHAFT: CUSTOM ENGLE SOLID ROLLER
  (266/272-DEGREE DURATION @ 0.050,
  0.731/0.731-IN. LIFT, 112-DEG. LSA)
ROCKERS ARMS: COMP CAMS ROLLER, 1.7 RATIO
PISTONS: SRP FORGED
CRANKSHAFT: CALLIES FORGED STEEL, 4.250-IN. STROKE
RODS: SCAT 6.385-INCH FORGED H-BEAM
INTAKE MANIFOLD: EDELBROCK SUPER VICTOR
CARBURETOR: HOLLEY DOMINATOR 1050 ANNULAR
FUEL PUMP: AEROMOTIVE A-1000
IGNITION: MSD 6 AND DISTRIBUTOR
ENGINE MANAGEMENT: "MASH RIGHT FOOT"
EXHAUST SYSTEM: HOOKER 21/4 INCH SUPER COMPETITION
  HEADERS; 3-INCH EXHAUST; DYNOMAX
  BULLET RACE MUFFLERS
TRANSMISSION: G-FORCE GF5R FIVE-SPEED
  (3.25/2.22/1.65/1.33/1.00);
  CUSTOM H-PATTERN SHIFTER THAT FITS
  STOCK CONSOLE
CLUTCH: MCLEOD SOFT LOK ADJUSTABLE
  SINTERED IRON; 22-LB. STEEL FLYWHEEL
DRIVESHAFT: 2.5X0.134 WALL STEEL;
  SPICER 1350-SERIES SOLID U-JOINTS
FRONT SUSPENSION: VETTE BRAKES & PRODUCTS 550-LB.
  SPRINGS; COMPETITION ENGINEERING
  ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS; ENERGY SUSPENSION
  POLYURETHANE BUSHINGS
REAR SUSPENSION: VETTE BRAKES &PRODUCTS CUSTOM
  LEAF SPRINGS; QA1 12-WAY ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS
REAR END: CUSTOM-BUILT DANA 60 IRS;
  3.07 RING-AND-PINION
FRONT BRAKES: STOCK W/MUSKEGON CALIPERS
REAR BRAKES: STOCK W/MUSKEGON CALIPERS
WHEELS: AMERICAN RACING TORQ-THRUST II
  (15X7-IN. FRONT, 15X8.5-IN. REAR)
FRONT TIRES: 215/65R15 BFG RADIALS
REAR TIRES (STREET): 275/60R15 BFG RADIALS
REAR TIRES (TRACK): 28X10.5-IN. MICKEY THOMPSON
FUEL OCTANE: 93 (STREET AND RACE)
WEIGHT: 3,620 LBS.
BEST E.T./MPH: 10.04 SECONDS @ 141.26 MPH
BEST 60-FOOT TIME: 1.41 SECONDS
CURRENT MILEAGE: A LOT!
MILES DRIVEN WEEKLY: APPROXIMATELY 200